The National Migration Institute (INM) established a camp in the ecological park of Tapachula, Chiapas, in response to the increasing flow of migrants on Mexico’s southern border. The purpose is to facilitate the care of the area through the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, according to a statement released by the immigration authority.
As part of this operation, approximately 8,000 migrants have been relocated to avoid overcrowding in situations that could put their safety at risk. The transfer of these migrants to different locations was carried out using 189 buses and 73 vans, as detailed in the official statement.
The first eight months of 2023 saw a significant 28.9% increase in the number of people applying for asylum recognition compared to the same period last year. This is equivalent to 22,412 additional applications, from 77,469 in 2022 to 99,881 this year, according to data provided by INM.
On September 24, the governments of Mexico and the United States reached an agreement to deport migrants from their border cities to their countries of origin and took various measures aimed at detention of migrants. This agreement is part of a joint effort to address the recent increase in border crossings.
Despite the efforts of the US government to facilitate the legal entry of immigrants, such as the CBPOne mobile application to prevent illegal crossings and the creation of migrant centers in some countries in the Western Hemisphere to file visa applications, desperation and misinformation from traffickers continue to drive migrants. to cross illegally.